jollyroger wrote:I came to Australia in 1976 with my family from Ireland. When I was legal to vote I went in filled out the form and they processed me and said all was fine. I have moved house six times whilst of legal age to vote and changed my details according to law. All was fine!
We bought a new house this year and did the right thing changed address. Only to be contacted by the AEC that I was not legally able to vote. It comes down to an interpretation of the law and who is right. If you came to Australia prior to 1984 you do not have to become an Australian citizen, you can still be called a resident, pay tax and vote.
Now they are saying you needed to have been 18 prior to 1984 to vote. So I have been voting all these years illegally or so it seems. For 22 years all has been honkey dory. I have all the papaer work from when I was 18 and have presented it to them where they OK'd it all did a background check into our stauts as "migrant residents".
I'm not loosing any sleep over it. But it does bug me watching this election and not having a voice (vote).
Hopefully it will be rectified after the current election.
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